It has been about a month since I started riding my bike to work. It has been longer but there was a trip in the middle and some colds and work related items, so I am going with it’s been a month since I posted about riding to work.
On average I ride to work three times a week, as well as on weekends to run errands or visit people or the gym. It really cuts down on my travel time vs walking or the TTC and this usually means I can sleep longer. I’m all for things that allow me to stay in bed, like that xbox that turns on when I tap the controller. Continue Reading
I started riding my bike to work the week before I went to Cuba. Like I rode one day, nearly died trying to get home, and then went to Cuba for a week.
Then after Cuba, I started again. I’ve gotten better at it, but riding home still kills me. It’s straight up hill most of the way. But going to work is easy. The route is simple and not busy and I have gotten better with passing parked cars.
Wednesday 06/01 – A handful of travel containers (counting as 1)
Thursday 06/02 – 1 notebook and 1 book (2)
Friday 06/03 – 3 pairs of shoes (3)
Saturday 06/04 – Lost count… I bought bins up from storage and filled two for donate and one of things to sell and still felt like I had too much stuff.
Sunday 06/05 – Nothing specific – thought about my DVDs
I have already broken down and bough a travel mug that does not have a handle, nor does it leak if it is upside down, and right away donated the million that I had. I needed this to taking my coffee to work when I ride my bike. I can put it in my side basket with my bag and not worry about coffee being everywhere.
This year I’ve completed two large scale paintings. Both I didn’t plan on doing when the year started.
This one was a birthday present that I took inspiration from a painting the receiver liked at the AGO. It also worked out that their living room contains black and red furniture. It took me a couple of days, mainly because it needed two coats of red paint.
It turned out well, and they liked it, and it looks great on their wall. I was really nervous about giving this gift. Art is a hard thing to gift and I myself have issues with my own work and never think people like it. But I mean, it is still hanging on their wall. So that’s a good sign.
That made me want to do a new painting to hang above my bed. This resulted in the one below that took a total of two weeks, working on and off, doing a bit each night. And only stopping when my roommate told me it was done and I had to stop. I’m really happy with it’s over all and the colours.
Tonight I’m starting a 10 week Introduction to Painting class with the AGO. I’ve been painting ever since I could hold a paint brush. My mom does water colours and would always make sure we had the art supplies we wanted and needed. She still does. Growing up art was always a large part of my life. It was what we did on rainy days. After dinner. On random weekends and PA Days.
I’ve only ever taken art classes in elementary school and in grade 9. After grade 9 I wasn’t able to fit art into my school schedule and learning more about it fell away to reading books, and now wandering the AGO on rainy days or evenings followed by hamburgers.
I’m excited to be starting something new tonight. Something that I love doing and am looking forward to learning more technical skills.
At the beginning of the year I was let go. Literally. It was the Monday of the second week of the year when I learned I was being let go. Although I kind of knew it was coming, since my HR call was originally scheduled for the week before Christmas, and the amount of work I was doing had started to drop off in November.